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Zida Kalu Launches A Label Of Silk Scarves

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Nigerian artist Zida Kalu launches adii, a label of silk scarves. Inspired by the creative vision of its founder, adii is a vibrant and artistic scarf label. The label was birthed as a tribute to her late brother, Chu, who was a constant supporter of her art.

Image courtesy of the artist

As an artist, Zida uses the label to bring her distinctive and captivating designs to life through the medium of scarves, transforming them into wearable works of art. The label is a passion project for the artist. To merge her interest in art and fashion, each scarf is a testament to her creativity, featuring her original paintings and illustrations.

The statement reads:

At adii, we believe that fashion is a powerful means of self-expression, and our scarves serve as a canvas for individuals to showcase their personal style and individuality. Each adii scarf is carefully crafted with meticulous attention to detail, ensuring that every piece embodies the essence of beauty, and creativity. By choosing adii, you are not only acquiring a beautiful and thoughtfully crafted scarf but also supporting the vision of an independent artist.

Each design in the series will be made in a limited edition of 20. While the official debut date was July 15, 2023, pre-order spaces have been made available, and Kalu is offering a 20% discount on the order to the first 20 customers as a special thank you.

Seeker, Digital, Digital on Paper, 50.8  x 61  x 3.8 cm
Image courtesy of Saatchi Art

Zida Kalu (b. 1998) is a self-taught abstract and portrait digital painter from Lagos, Nigeria. Growing up in a creative family, she has always been intrigued by the possibility that one could create from almost nothing. She discovered digital art as a mere distraction in 2018. She practices an iterative (re)creation of portraits. Kalu embraces diversity through mosaic, scribbling, and abstract painting, 

Having created over 200 artworks, Kalu has been featured in exhibitions including The VIVIR Experience (2018), Days Like This (2019), Curate YourArtShop (2019), The Noire Art Exhibition (2020), and Split Exhibition (2022). 


Iyanuoluwa Adenle is a graduate of Linguistics and African Languages from Obafemi Awolowo University. She is a creative writer and art enthusiast with publications in several journals. She is a writer at Art News Africa.

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